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Excellent all round experience by garrypycroft

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Non-balcony rooms (with window) are comfortable, adequate for a couple.

The entertainment is very good, there is always something there to prevent boredom whilst at sea.

Food is likewise very good. In the Bordeaux and Province restaurants the quality is highly recommended, in the buffet there is a constant supply with good choice.

 

Little things that weren't positive:

The constant source of things the cruiseline want to sell. Merchandise, tours, photos etc.etc. I guess they make their profit here.

The tours are expensive, better to find a similar tour ashore for ha;f the price.

The last day, the experience is "how quick can you get off we have new guests to cater for now". The vacation experience should last until you leave the ship.

 

But overall I would sail with Princess again

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Wonderful Experience cruising Panama Canal on board of Island Princess by sk624706

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Big Smile - 1) Cruise Staff (Armando, Greg, Emma, Neesha, and DJ Delitte).  Very friendly, always smiling, very approachable and personable.  They made all the activities fun to participate, creating great atmosphere, and made your feel comfortable.  Especially Armando, a great guy and always has time to chat with you.   Princess is lucky to have this group of staff....

 

2) Cabin Steward- Memino is one of the most hardworking and accommodating steward that I have ever met.   The cabin was always in excellent condition.  He also helped me secure "materials" for a game activity.  Big Thumb's up for him..I would give him a big bonus...:)

 

Improvements: - 1) Suggested to include variety of activities as the 15 days cruise had a lot of sea days.   :)

 

2) Food quality - seemed to have declined, especially with the steak/Beef dishes in the main dining room.  The cut was typically tough and difficult to get a medium rare.   Variety of choices in the Horizon Buffet needed to be more expansive. 

 

Yes, I would recommend this cruise to my friends.

 

Septimus Kwong

 

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Island Princess Panama Canal Christmas & New Years Cruise by philipa47

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Favorite part: The cruise ship personnel were considerate, accommodating, helpful and courteous.  The anytime buffet was always clean, neat and organized. There was plenty of staff working the buffet section that we did not wait for coffee service or a clean table,  The buffet location towards the bow is very nice being able to look out windows while dining. The Chef & Head Maitre D cooking show was Great and tour of the galley (kitchen) was wonderful. 

The ports of call were a good selection Aruba. Cartegena Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Huatulco. Cabo San Lucas.  All in our party desired a longer port stay and would have paid $$ to have an extended time in port. 

 

Improvements: We met 3 wheelchair bound clients that had a difficult time getting around the ship and through doors as even after the recent refurbish in port ADA accommodations were NOT done.

Princess added more rooms and removed VERY desirable features, outside track around boat, International restaurant, relocated gym making it smaller and no windows, cigar lounge was small with poor ventilation and very small television screen in back corner of room, bar service in the lounge was non existent until we met with head waiter for this section, 

The entertainment was okay but not as good as other cruise lines. 

The seated dining room food options were good but did not change as frequently as other cruise lines. 

 

Recommend:  I would probably not recommend this boat for future cruises but would consider a newer Princess boat with a nice gym, outside track & other dining options that were not as spendy as the Island Princess. There are other restaurants that offer different food selection but this was an added cost of $45 per person

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Great Cruise by jkeller28

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Our favorite part of the cruise was the Panama Canal transition.  We viewed the canal from the balcony  of the sanctuary.  Awesome experience and the Island Princess staff made everything special.

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Island Princess Panama Canal Full Transit by Sunshineandsand

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

The cruise was enjoyable and relaxing. The ship was very clean and well maintained. Dining and entertainment could certainly use some updating. The show quality was quite poor and there were many shows where people simply walked off within a few minutes of the show starting. Dining definitely needs to be updated with the current food trends. Some meals were quite insipid and re-purposed.

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15 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Ft. Lauderdale To Los Angeles) by EricBD

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

old ship in urgent need of renovation. Food is ok. entertainment was horrible. especially the outside performers. The cruise director and her staff were horrible and didn't do much. The other staff were very nice and provided good service.

We did enjoy overall from the long itinerary and interacting with the other guests.

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Good but sometimes annoying by simondrury0

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

PLUSES

Perfectly sized ship.

Great Dinners.

Lotus Pool area.

Happy hours.

Friendly staff, except unfriendly Security staff.

 

MINUSES

Repetitive Breakfast menus

Embarkation chaos

Disembarkation chaos

Way too talkative Cruise Director

No Ship's newspaper

Very reduced times in port.

Spotty entertainment.

No free access to internet news (eg NY Times etc)

 

 

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Good tempo, met new friends by barbv57

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Trivia on board, dining room mates, shore excursions, great stops.

The walking deck was nice. The sun bathing decks were good. Pools were too small and far removed from most sun bathing decks. The men's hot legs contest was a laugh. Many shows and activities were right in the middle of our late dinning. Entertainment was hit and miss. Loved the comedian magician and the comic. Music trivia could use a lot of work. 

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It was not suited for a princess nor prince. by mitchg2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

First the good:

Rooms, Ship was well maintained and service overall was excellent.

Now the bad:

Food in the buffet was not up to other cruise lines. Same food everyday. Pork was the primary meat ( bad for me since I do not eat pork).  No pasta bar, Omelet bar was poor ( you ordered it and they delivered it to you later). Felt like I was in my old college dorm food line again.

Sit down dinning was excellent except that it was all but impossible to get a place except for the 7:45 sitting which was too late for me to eat ( finished at 9:00pm).

Specialty dinning was available but only for $29. additional each. No included specialty dining. 

Drinks were expensive... Could not sit down for long without someone pushing more booze down your throat everywhere. This was morning till late night.

Less than a half a day was allowed off the ship at many ports. Did not give you enough time to do much.

Library is above the smoking lounge. So guess what Princess ship designers..Smoke rises and it stinks!  Could hardly stay in the Library to read for more than a half hour.

My favorite negative is the area on the boat called "Sanctuary". The top deck was restricted to guest who want to pay $40 each for a half a day to be there. So now you have to pay to sit yourself down on part of the ship you already paid to be in. 

TV Choices: Same exact programs over and over again. How many times can you watch the same "Love Boat" episode. Other Cruise lines had DVD available for the cabins. This was an excellent solution in my opinion.

My wife and I have been on 3 other Cruise lines.  Princess is obviously the last choice in cruise lines for us in the future. I would suggest you consider the same. 

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Panama Canal Cruise by kleung01

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

It was an extremely enjoyable trip - met some very friendly people and thoroughly enjoyed all the destinations.  The transit of the Panama Canal was truly interesting and amazing.

 

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Dining Room Staff by rober53184

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

I would like to praise the staff that served us at each evening meal.  They were Allan, Bryan and Adrian.  They made our meals a big part of our trip.  The food was great but their service and friendly attitude made it great!

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review by SHERWOOD6537880

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

I liked the dining best.

The ship was cold, had to have a jacket at all times.

The pool was too cold - about 80-81 degrees, should be minimum of 83 degrees.

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Great Trip by garylin65

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

We really loved the trip. The stops were nice and interesting but the Panama Canal was great. A fantastic sight to see. Wonderful and fun. Just wish we could have gone ashore to visit more.

 

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Pleasant and Restful by sagooodman

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This is a cruise we were repeating.  Unfortunately we only got a glimpse of the new

locks.  Ports were peaceful.  We had one very enjoyable tour in Mexico.

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Excellent by santosmiguel

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

We were very happy with the Panama Cruise. Excellent Service and stops. :) Special mention to the head waiter Manuel Alves that provided an suberb service and was always very helpfull.

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Good management by jytai1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

I have been on 3 Princess ships. This is by far the best run ship of all. The steward cleans good and fast. He changed our towels at least twice a day if we took showers during the day. The service desk people are friendly and helpful. Overall, I like this ship. The entertainment was very good.

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Great transit of the Panama Canal by lingards1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

I highly recommend the Panama  Canal cruise.  It was the most interesting and educational experience of the whole cruise.  The other ports were also wonderful - we especially enjoyed a new port (to us) which was Huatulco Mexico.  We found it very friendly and clean and would like to stop there again.  We took an excursion there which consisted of both train and boat.

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Panama cruise by smpatton

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Best cruise we've taken to date. We loved the canal and all the ports. We  live on the West Coast so loved flying to Ft. Lauderdale and ending our cruise in Los Angeles with a short flight home. Princess Cruise Lines did a fantastic job on disembarking making the end of the trip very easy. We will definitely cruise with Princess again!! Happy

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15 day Panama Canal cruise by Cruiser43065202

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Huatulco was amazing as was Nicaragua.  Sailing through the Panama Canal was a once in a lifetime special occasion.  All the excursion were of quality caliber and easy to connect on/off the ship.  Did not partake in the assigned dining room as much as would have liked, the wait to get seated was too long for our liking.

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Good, Bad and Great by dgswartout

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Island Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Had a great time meeting new friends that I am sure will become long time relationships. The adventures where truly wonderful but the Panama Canal itself was simply amazing; Such history and an engineering feat. Truly one of the wonders of the world and if you are interested at all this is a must see in your life.

 

The Island Princess seemed to be cramped especially in the Horizon Buffett area and around the pools. Also the activities onboard did not seem to be very well coordinated and had a lot to be desired. Also the dinning room staff, ALL OF THEM, seemed to be driven by their motto of the "Consummate Host". They tried to hard doing things like constantly interrupting conversation at the table just to ask if we where enjoying our meals. Also pressing throughout the 16 days to remind us to fill out the cruise survey and reminding us of their names and to please give them good scores.

 

On the other hand, the crew attending to the Crooners Bar was amazing. Made everyone feel like family. I can not count the number of people that came by to give them hugs the final night. They made the cruise.

 

I have been on seven Princess ships and this one was my least fav. However the Crooners Bar Staff and the ports of call made this cruise one of my all time best.

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